Wednesday 19 November 2014

A book on the life and death of Floribert Bwana Chui

It has just been published a book on the life and death of Floribert Bwana Chui, a member of the Community of Sant’Egidio of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, who stood firmly in July 2007 against a proposal of corruption in order not to let some unhealthy food pass
the border and be distributed among the population: “The price of two clean hands”
Floribert Bwana Chui was a young believer, outgoing and optimistic, living adulthood in the Democratic Republic of Congo just emerging from civil war. Before graduation from college, he knew the Community of Sant'Egidio and was fascinated, so as to arouse in Goma a local community, rooted in prayer and service to the poor. He was particularly passionate about the world of street children. Floribert believed that he and the other members of the Community of Sant'Egidio in Goma could be the prophets of love and gratuitousness, the heralds of a new perspective, a new way of thinking. Active in politics, he dreamt of an intercultural society in which all peoples can live in peace. At the age of 25 started to work in the Congolese Agency ensuring the quality of goods in and out of the country.
Floribert wanted to work with integrity, despite living in one of the most violent and corrupt  context in the world. When some people offered him thousands of dollars to accept a lot of rotten rice passing the border, the young man refused. And continued to do so even when threats followed. "As a Christian I can not allow it; better to die, than to risk people's lives," he said. His ethics prevented him from ceding to those offers and threats. But it meant the death for him.
Martyr of integrity in face of corruption, Floribert shows a way of redemption for Congo and Africa.

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